Making Choices

Philippians 1:22 KJV

But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.


The apostle was in a prison at this point in his life. Some scholars believe he was subsequently released and continued his ministry for some time before he was again arrested and executed. While I have some strong personal motivations for hoping that is so,[1] the Bible doesn’t give any evidence that it actually happened. Paul may or may not have been released from prison to return one more time to Philippi.


The point I want to stress at this time is that, whichever way it went, Paul was perfectly willing to leave that in the hands of the Lord. Not knowing which way to choose, he left this choice in the hands of the Lord.


This in no way implies that Paul was wishy-washy or double minded. Just three verses down he speaks of his confidence. But confidence and assurance in no way means that we always know which way is the best way.

  • Sometimes we have no choice
  • Sometimes we have a choice and make the wrong one
  • Sometimes we just do not know what to choose

Only God knows the beginning and the ending therefore those sorts of choices are best left to God alone.

[1] It gives Paul opportunity to travel and preach in the British Isles, supporting my belief that the apostolic gospel was preached there before the end of the first century – and giving credence to an unbroken chain of non-Catholic, non-Protestant churches all the way back to the Apostles.

For this and more than 3000 earlier Daily Visits with God visit Marvin McKenzie’s blogger page. There you will find daily visits going back to 2007.

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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